The next day, in her second-hour class with George, the coach asked if she'd be willing to give it a try. Goethe was ready. She had brought her cleats.
George liked what he saw that afternoon and asked Goethe, then her father, if she would join the football team.
Ernie wasn't sure.
“Are you talking about her playing this week against Noble?” Ernie asked.
George said, of course.
Ernie's only fear was his daughter suffering a knee injury that would hurt her soccer career.
She could play, Ernie said, but if there was a bad snap, his daughter would back out and let her male teammates take care of things.
George was fine with that.
Goethe hit an extra-point in regulation against Noble. She did have one blocked and just missed a field goal. On one of the misses, she was hit by a Noble player, though it just made her mad more than anything else.
When Tecumseh had a chance to win with a field goal — after Noble's kicker missed one of his own — Goethe didn't hesitate. She ran out on the field while her parents were going crazy in the stands.
“We felt like she could do it,” George said. “I'm sure there were some nerves there, but we were down there on the 5 and she'd hit a 40-yarder in practice. The offensive line did a good job holding them out, and she hit it solid, right through there.”
Goethe just took off running.
“Everybody was just all around and yelling,” Goethe said. “It was just crazy. It was just like a movie.
“They were all super excited. The team has been really great. They've accepted me. It was really amazing.”
Goethe realizes every week won't be quite like her first with the Savages' football team.
“I've just got to remember that glory is fleeting,” she said.